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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-12

Presence

My soul longs for your presence, Lord.
When I turn my thoughts to you,
I find peace and contentment.

Freedom

Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
May your Holy Spirit guide me to follow you freely.
Instil in my heart a desire
To know and love you more each day.

Consciousness

How do I find myself today?
Where am I with God? With others?
Do I have something to be grateful for?
Then I give thanks.
Is there something I am sorry for?
Then I ask forgiveness.

The Word of God

Mark 7:1-8

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?" He said to them, "Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.' You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The Pharisees and scribes who challenged Jesus ‘had come from Jerusalem’. They had come with authority. And all that they found to criticise was that the disciples had not washed their hands before eating! Jesus is not guilty of any wrongdoing, which makes his condemnation and death all the more sinister.
  • How often do we choose to be distracted by little things in order to avoid or admit to the real problem? Lord, help me to focus on ‘the one thing needed’ – your love for me, mine for you and for my neighbour! Let nothing get in the way of love.

Conversation

What is stirring in me as I pray? Am I consoled, troubled, left cold? I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting at my side, and share my feelings with him.

Conclusion

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen

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